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What sanding media will get the best results with the least abrasion to metal.

by BurlyBob
posted 09-12-2016 02:52 AM


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000

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#1 posted 09-12-2016 03:14 AM

Walnut shells

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mahdee

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#2 posted 09-12-2016 10:43 AM

0000 steel wool might be an option.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 09-12-2016 11:02 AM

I’d use 400 wet/dry sandpaper with water or oil to clean them up.

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 09-12-2016 01:04 PM

I’ve used wet/dry paper and a brass wheel on a grinder. I was thinking the sanding cabinet would be the way to remove the japanning. I’m still researching that option.

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#5 posted 09-12-2016 02:48 PM

I often use soda blasting. Inexpensive, enviro-safe, and effective.
Bill

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#6 posted 09-12-2016 03:30 PM

Soda blasting

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#7 posted 09-12-2016 04:47 PM

Many machine shops use 3M Scothbrite pads
I learned this when I was working to get some very prototype ink jet printer heads machined as there were some delicate features that could not be scratched or deformed.
He handed me a 3M ScotchBrite pad and added this is all we ever use.

My son, the CNC machinist who has worked at three different shops, said all the shops where he has worked used 3M Scotchbrite pads for deburring, tool, and part cleanup.

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#8 posted 09-13-2016 02:14 AM

Japanning is just paint. Have you tried MEK? That won’t touch the metal, at all.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 09-13-2016 02:16 AM

Methyl

Ethyl

Ketone

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#10 posted 09-14-2016 08:46 PM

I have never removed the japanning from any of the planes that I have restored, I have found them intact enough to make a good user the way I bought them. But that being said, I give them a good soak in ‘Evaporust’, then I lap the sole in and while I have the 220 grit out (on a granite slab)I also lap the sides in as well.
That process makes them look pretty new, and shiny.

If you want to remove the Japanning, I go with Bob White’s suggestion, I would soda blast them, and being that you have a blasting cabinet, make a trip to Sam’s or Costco and pick up a few 5 pound bags … they are cheap compared to glass beads or sand.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#11 posted 09-15-2016 08:08 PM

Methyl ethyl ketone rocks.

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